I began my career in marine conservation in Belize, working as a field researcher with the science-led social enterprise Blue Ventures. During this time, I was responsible for the biophysical monitoring of Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, where I developed an interest in the human dimensions to conservation; particularly in those people who rely on marine ecosystems for their livelihoods and well-being. I have since spent several years in South East Asia working with communities to develop locally led conservation initiatives, consulting on various projects for Fauna & Flora International (FFI), where I currently advise their Cambodia and Myanmar projects on stakeholder engagement and the consultation process for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). My primary interest is understanding the way humans interact with the oceans, which led me to venture into a PhD as an external student. My PhD looks to identify how to maximize the impact of MPAs and shark reserves on biodiversity and livelihoods through the use of socioeconomic data. In addition to the Livelihoods Lab, I am also affiliated with the Conservation Planning Group at James Cook University and Marine Conservation without Borders.